Just 3 hours away of Bangkok is the popular border town of Sa Kaeo. The town may be overshadowed by Aranyaprathet’s popularity and is often passed by tourists but Sa Kaeo is full of historical and natural beauty.
The ‘frontier of the east’ is the perfect place to be if you’re a history buff. Since the 11th century, the Prasat Sdok Kok Thom is a sandstone sanctuary that has survived the test of time. This laterite is also the largest one in all of Eastern Thailand. Prasat Sdok Kok Thom is dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva and a stroll around the temple ground will show you traces of ancient Khmer history.
Another ancient religious site that one can visit in Sa Kaeo is the Wat Tham Khao Chakan. The Mahayana Buddhist temple is located on a towering mountain that dates back 2,000- 4,000 years ago, Khao Chakan. The temple is surrounded by multiple caves though the Thalu Cave is the only one open to the public in which a beautiful Buddha statue can be found.
Wat Tham Khao Chakan is blanketed by trees and greens, be sure to greet the monkey residents there too! If you stick till the sun goes down, you will also be able to see millions of bats flying in and out of the caves.
See Mother Nature’s artwork at Lalu in Ta Phraya National Park. The sculptures are sculpted by rain and wind, coming in all shapes and sizes. Let your creativity run wild and have fun imagining what each sculpture looks like!
Sculptures is not the only thing you will marvel at, Lalu lies close to mountains and rice fields, painting a whole different scenery for you to take in.
End your trip by passing by the Rong Kluea Market, the mecca of thrifty shoppers. Located in Aranyaprathet, Rong Kluea Market is one of Thailand’s biggest markets. With over 3,000 shops and stalls selling items such as souvenirs and even second-hand items brought over from Japan, Korea, USA and other countries through Cambodia.
You can buy and bargain almost anything at Rong Kluea Market, from clothing to fresh food, you name it you get it. The market brims with vendors from Thailand, Cambodia and even Vietnam. Even if you aren’t going for the shopping, the market is still a great place to experience some multicultural window shopping